Explore the most popular forest trails in Henry W. Coe State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Trail is in good condition. Watch for poison oak growing on the trail.

backpacking
1 month ago

Fantastic hike to do in the spring! Temperatures were fairly mild, and we were able to see a variety of wildlife. We walked through at least 4 different terrains including grassy regions, heavily forested areas, shaded creeks, dessert-ish areas. The wildflowers were in bloom right when we were backpacking. The park rangers are super helpful! We did a modified version of the loop to get the best view of the wildflowers. There is quite a bit of elevation gain, including steep uphill and downhill climbs, but it's doable for most fairly fit people. We started at noon and camped for two nights, finishing around 10am on the third day. We got a tiny bit lost near a small trail off Bear Mountain, but otherwise most trails were well marked. Overall a fantastic trip--highly recommend!

hiking
1 month ago

It was a unique experience to walk though oak savannah and into an old madrone forest with ponderosa pine. Apparently there are ponderosa pines on three ridges in the Henry Coe area. I was pleasantly surprised. The wildflowers were out, and I must have seen over a dozen different species. The wild iris was my favorite. At frog lake there was a giant bellowing bullfrog and fish and smaller frogs aplenty. (The large bullfrog is invasive, unfortunately.) Otherwise not much wildlife, but I am sure the animals are out there.

The roads are extremely steep, built for trucks, so I recommend taking the walking trails. Lots of spots for backcamping. Bring lots of water, a filter, and food. It’s rugged and you will definitely need some extra calories to get through the day(s).

Very easy. I was hoping to let my toddler walk too, but the trail is very narrow with steep sides, so she stayed in the carrier. It was also further from the freeway than I had hoped- about 25 minutes on a very curvy road once you’re off 101. But the plus was no traffic noise, just song birds. Some trails offer good shade.

Nice jaunt. A few spots were rather annoying with the elevation change but all in all a good hike. Also had a nice lunch under an old oak tree at the lake. Peaceful and no hum of cars.

Be prepared for multiple creek crossings on Hunting Hollow trail. We saw a mountain lion on the Redfern Trail. Hike on.

We went on a day that was supposed to be super rainy - the rain started as we were walking up the Corral trail back to the cars so we just got cool weather and fresh trails! The big creek was pretty darn full - didn’t get all the way to China Hole. We got a little sun on the incline and even with all the rain the creek hopping was fine. If I were to do it again I would go back up the China Hole trail - I loved the views that way and the incline going up the other way was brutal - all uphill with no flat areas until you get back to the fork.

Known as "Flag Frog, Middle Ridge, And Fish Trail Loop" in 101 Great Hikes of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Haven't walked this yet - rating based on book recommendation - will update when I walk it later today.

Couldn't exactly find China loop hole trail.

But the hike is easy, elevation isn't very high.

Super easy. I just recommend wearing long pants to protect yourself from ticks. Other than that, we also got to see a bobcat, which was awesome!

Not hard, considering that there's no major incline.

Flat, and circular. =Round About Trail.

4.6 miles up, 4.6 miles down!

backpacking
9 months ago

This is a tough hike, but makes for a great backpacking trip. Few people make it to the lake so you are likely to get some solitude. The fishing is great at Mississippi Lake too! Here is a trip report I wrote for my trek to Mississippi Lake: https://backpackersreview.wordpress.com/trip-reports/henry-coe-mississippi-lake/

backpacking
10 months ago

This trail will push one to their limit as portions are incredibly steep. The area is stunning with great vistas of ridges and valleys. The trails are not maintained so grasses, tar weed and other weeds will fill one's socks with stickers and tarry goo (summertime). Bobcats, deer, hawks and many other wildlife will be seen. Flat areas for tents are at a premium as this area is steep. Filtered water from the ponds and lakes tastes like rain water. Beautiful but exhausting.

hiking
10 months ago

Good workout, low crowd with minimal shade

Total round trip is about 7.3 miles if you start from HQ via Corral Trail. Great height and some workouts uphill. Frog lake is very cool with pretty blue dragonflies and frogs. Will come back during spring to see more green and flowers.

The map that we followed ended at lock gate

hiking
11 months ago

Knocked it out in less than 4 hours with someone that never really hikes. All in all, pretty chill trail.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Beautiful views, moderate hike, constantly jumping streams and small lake to take a dip in half way through

The distance is wrong in this map by double. it's only a 6.5 mile loop of moderate/hard difficulty. There's several places to fill your water and lots of other hikers in the area. Arrive early for the first come first serve backpacking camp sites... there's only like 20 of them within a days walk of the main entrance

hiking
Monday, April 03, 2017

Lots of wildflowers on an early Spring hike! Several clean! bathrooms along the trail. My wife told
me to highlight that!
A ranger recommended to do the China Hole loop in reverse. Rather go down China Hole trail and come back up on Mile trail and Madrone Soda Spring trail. Seemed to be easier on our knees.
Also there were multiple (7+) stream crossings involved on the Madrone Soda Spring trail section.
We definitely got our feet soaked!

hiking
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Loved this trail! Especially when you get further in and the trail gets more scenic and a little more woody--the first half is mostly just walking through grasslands. This trail can easily take all day, so get there early.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

it was a great workout. beautiful medium size mountains, and lots of best birds to see. February weather was cool, small waterfalls. lots of up and down hills. take plenty of water and food. took about 5-6 hours to finish, on a rush pace.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Beautiful trail

hiking
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

It was a GORGEOUS trail. My only complaint was that there were multiple creek crossings that we were not prepared for. Because of El Niño they were fairly deep as well. Other than that the trail was really quiet and peaceful. I would rate it as moderate as some parts can be fairly steep.

hiking
Sunday, March 13, 2016

Only complaint was that there were multiple creek crossings that we were not prepared for in regards to shoes. Other than that it was BEAUTIFUL and I highly recommend this trail.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

I am not convinced that this hike has 2000' gain - if it does then it is pretty well disguised. That figure is mentioned in the map published by CA State parks, but from the topological, elevation at Park HQ is around 2600' and Cayote creek is around 1200'. We could add in a couple of hundred feet to account for rolling terrain, we'd still be about 400' short.

hiking
Saturday, July 25, 2015

First overnight trip. Beat the heat by hiking in at night. The dry grassy hills are much more beautiful when lit by the moonlight. I was not expecting it to be so difficult, it was hill after hill and coming down was very steep during the next day. The ponds are very dry and difficult to fish.

hiking
Sunday, April 26, 2015

Hiked about 9 miles in Coe Park yesterday with 4 friends. Started at park HQ and took Monument Trail to Hobbs Rd to Middle Ridge Trail to Fish Trail then added on about 3 miles by looping south around Forest Trail then north via Springs Trail to Corral Trail and back to HQ. Though the skies were heavy to start with, the storm had passed, and we avoided having to put on rain gear. By 2pm the skies were clear and we had sun and a cool breeze, perfect for hiking. Encountered backpacking groups -- pairs of friends, school groups and scouts. The trails took us through a varied landscape from shad,y wooded creeksides to sunny, windswept hillsides studded by iconic stand-alone California oaks.

hiking
Friday, April 03, 2015

Stopped to enjoy the bullfrogs and catfish at Frog Lake.

hiking
Monday, December 08, 2014

This was an easy hike for me since it was 6.3 miles out and back. the scenery of beautiful yellow colors in the leaves of the trees are awesome. it was raining then stopped so more fresh air.

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